Friday, November 14, 2014

I am still here

Somehow I got lost and forgot to do my posts...6 months is no excuse but at least I remembered, finally.  OK, LOL...give me a break.....

This is what I am doing, keeping busy getting ready for the holidays.

I am playing with vinyl on my Explore machine....just decorating everything in sight!

Anyway, leave me a comment and I might leave you a gift!
Luv ya,

Monday, June 9, 2014

Pure summer

I have had the Bead Soup reveal up for a month so it is time to move on.  This is my version of a necklace that I will be teaching at Michaels.  It is very much one that I have been collecting beads for, but changed it up to fit the requirements of our Michaels class!
I really love this one and plan to make others  similar to it.  It feels like it is  summer, sexy and modern fresh!
I have also designed in my mind the perfect summer dress to go with it, but it has been awhile since I picked up a needle and did my sewing.  I could see every line of the dress but I will not be tempted into that one!
What sort of dress do you see with this?
Let me know......

Friday, May 9, 2014

Bead soup reveal

As you may know, I have been excitedly getting ready for this reveal.  In short, over 500 people from all over the world had a 1 day window to sign up to be part of this group.  Under the direction of the wonderful Lori Anderson, we were paired with another designer and we then exchanged secret stashes of our own "bead soup" to our partner.  Now we are revealing what we made from our soup.....

My soup was provided by Sonya Styles of Georgia.  I call her soup... RASBERY SORBET!  The colors are rich and range from pinks to purplish, reddish pinks. She hand made the closure,  and the focal point, a flower rivili. I want to thank you for all the work you did in getting my soup together.  It has been so much fun and you did provide me with challenges, and I love that!

The ingredients of my sorbet are fire agate, czech fire polished and glass beads. The tiny pink beads are dyed howelyte.  Different sizes made for lots of different possibilities.  I used just about everything in my soup.  I do have one large fire agate bead left...I am planning on making a multi stranded  summer necklace of bright colored beads, and this lone bead is going to be the focal bead of my necklace.

 Also hand made by Sonya were two round, hand beaded elements that were beautiful but I was totally at a loss how to use them.  I experimented with many things until the light bulb finally clicked.  I hope you like how things turned out, and appreciate your comments good and bad...if you think I could have done something better, please be honest and tell me!

I can't wait to see what Sonya made with the stash I sent her.  I didn't hand make any of  her pieces but hope I provided her with enough to do several things.  Funny, her beads were centered around pinks and teals....I did find some exclusive beads from a private shop that I fell in love with and blended with the others.

At this point I was going to introduce you to my partners blog.  I jut got word from her that she has been sick and with 2 little boys, she just didn't get to work on her soup.  Please lets all wish her a speedy recovery!

I have been going back and making sure I didn't miss anything, it is now 12:30 eastern time, and I am going to publish.  Hope all goes well.............................

These are most of my pieces from my bead soup that I had to work with.





      This is what I sent Sonya.  I love teals and pinks and flowers and pretty girl things.  Sonya and I have boys so these colors are just so girly.
I made the pink flowers for her, not to use for her jewelry but just to add to the girly feel of my beads!  Oh, I can't wait to see her creations......please get well soon!
This shows me starting to work on my first piece, experimenting with different things.  You don't see pictured the beautiful raspberry colored mesh ribbon....I tried so many different things with it and it puzzled me as to how to use it.
Before I reveal my creations, let me give you the address of all the blogs that you can visit.  As the world will be viewing the blogs, you may want to start in the middle of the list and jump around a bit so we don't clog the blog log!  Have fun with it, leave comments for all you visit, they worked really hard!
Cut and paste the link if it doesn't open for you
OR you can go to my next post....List of Bead soup blogs .....all the blogs will be listed

My first piece is a memory wire bracelet.  I actually have 2 bracelets in this collection. 



The sorbet looks really good in the wine glasses!
I made charms for the both ends of the is going to be lots of fun to wear!

I was also able to create 2 different necklaces with my sorbet. This first  one features the Rivloli hand made focal piece that Sonya made.  I didn't want to compete with the center piece and experimented until I felt it was the best design.  Also note the hand made toggle and closure...


Earrings are earring so these match this necklace


These little twinkles match my chain creation

I am very intrigued with creating pieces with chain, I actually am becoming obsessed with
chain........LOL if you wish

As you can see if have used the mesh ribbon
as part of my closure.  I am excited that
all my experimenting paid off.  And notice my
focal "charm"... it is the hand made item
that confused me as to what to do with it.
I actually used a piece of chain to go thru
the center and then attached it to the large ring.
I love how it turned out with charms, beads
and assorted chains. 


This is my final piece. It is a bracelet.  It has so many different elements in just was a lets see what else we can do.  I like the look of chunky bracelets, not all the time but to change things up.  This one has chain, beading, wire wrapping and charms.  You would think that with all the charms I have revealed, that I live a "charmed life"...maybe I do.  I am blessed with a wonderful husband, a mix of kids (yours, mine and ours), my Dad...almost 85 and active and lots of friends that I have met through jewelry designing, paper crafting and my Interior Design business.  I am grateful for all of them, and for you that view my blog.  Thank you!

Looks like a snake, huh!
On this one I took the round beaded piece and actually used a Tim Holtz finding and have the bead as a dangle.  I just repeated my other elements so this bracelet could go with either necklace.  I  took a bead cap and wire wrapped a bead to make it look like a flower, then did some more wire wrapping and I used this for the giant toggle to hook on to.


Thank you so much for following my reveal.  I sure hope you enjoyed it and would love for you to visit on a regular basis.  It would be my pleasure.

I just want to give a shout out to Lori Anderson, creator, hostess and author of the book BEAD SOUP.  She has had so many health problems during these 4 months, and she always still tried to ne there for all 400 of us!  Her husband Rick did a lot of leg work to keep this going, and Lori's friends answered e mails and facebook posts. This woman is an inspiration to all of us.  She is strong and we wish her the best in her recovery and for all the hard work that went into this

This is a link to the pinterest page, I was having a problem linking my designs on it, but everyone else is there!  Again, if it doesn't open, then cut and paste.

  Thank you Lori,

With all  my Love,

NOT THERE YET, BUT ALMOST.......................
                                   I PROMISE........I did make it a little better



The list of Bead soup blog sights

This is the list of all the people that participated in this PARTY and all the blogs for you to view, please have fun, get some ideas and try to leave comments.  We worked hard to get here!!

Lori Anderson, Hostess

Tina Bosh                        
Kristina Hahn Eleniak       
Kari Asbury                     
Kris Binsfield                   
Cheryl Gangle                  
Amber Dawn                   
Michelle Wigginton           
Kayla Potega                    
Becky Pancake                 

Debbie Rogers                   
Jenny Kyrlach                   
Genea Crivello-Knable       
Deborah Read                   
Julianna Cannon                
Lisa Liddy                        
Debbie Rasmussen            
Iveth Caruso                     
Rana Wilson                     
Corrie Williams                 

Linda Anderson                
Miranda Ackerley             
Andra Weber                   
Loretta Carstensen            
Penny Houghton               
Tania Hagen                     
Robin Reed                      
Laurie Vyselaar                 
Rachel Baron                    
Erin Guest                         

Emma Todd                                  
Kelly Schermerhorn                  
Dana Hickey                                  
Rebecca Ednie                             
Marybeth Rich                             
Sherri Levinton                            
RaMona Woolson                      
Jo-Ann Woolverton                   
Audrey Belanger                        
Candida Castleberry                  

Renetha Stanziano                    
Carolyn Chenault                        
Toltec  Jewels                              
Diana Welte                                  
Jean A. Wells                                
Bev Breisinger                             
Autumn Adams                           
DiYana Alcalde                             
Patty Gasparino                          
Karen Mitchell                             

Regina Santerre                          
Dhea Powers                               
Jayne Capps                                 
Keri Lee Sereika                          
Melissa Trudinger                      
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                    

Jeanne Steck                                
Carolyn Lawson                           
Kay Thomerson                           

Maybeline Tay                             
Jackie Locantore                         
D'Arsie Manzella                         
Jacqueline Marchant                
Beccy Peterson                           
Katie Nielson-Nunez                 
Heidi Kingman                             
Andrea Glick                                 
Rose Johnson                              

Nicole Demore                            
Marti Conrad                                
Marianna Boylan                        
Mitzie Crider                                
Christa Murphy                           
Alisa Siceloff                                 

Maria Rios                                     
Tracy Martin                                 
Nan Emmett                                 
Jelveh Jafarian                                

Ali McCarthy                                 
Jennifer LaVite                            
Dolores Raml                                
Valerie Kravette                         
Bobbie Rafferty                          
Kathleen Breeding                     
Kristi Brokaw                                
Lisa Suver                                      
Natalie Moten                             
Jami Shipp                                     

Diana Shiraishi                             
Heather Otto                               
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp          
Lisa Knappenberger                  
Charlene Jacka                            
Patty Miller                                   
Sandi James                                  
Marianne Hurley                        
Cris Peacock                                 
Andrea Rivers                              

Gloria Allen                                   
Kandice Seeber                           
Janine Lucas                                 
Sandy Richardson                       
Hajer Waheed                             
Cynthia Abner                             
Peggy Johnson                            
Tina Holden                                   
Julie Bowen                                  
Heather Richter                          

Sarah Strover                               
Kimberly Idalski                           
Sandi Volpe                                  
Tandra Boyer                               
Klaudete Koon                            
Michaela Pabeschitz                 
Mea-B. Uebler                            
Mandi Effron                                
Evelyn Shelby                              
Shai Williams                                

Natalie Davidson                        
Evelyn Duberry                           
Eszter Czibulyas                          
Sylvia Lupberger                         
Divya N                                           
Blanca Medina                             
Ginger Davis Allman                  
Chris Eisenberg                           

Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic       
Jodie Marshall                             
Margareta Saari                          
Menka Gupta                              
Dian Hierschel                              
Kashmira Patel                            
Christina Miles                             
Inge von Roos                              
Sam Siegel                                     
Gina Hockett                                

Linda Newnham                         
Enikö Fabian                                 
Dorota Żerańska                         
Shalini Austin                               
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens          
Silke Groeber                               
Birgit Klughardt                           
Rebecca Anderson                    
Niky Sayers                                   
Stefanie Teufel                           

Rosantia Petkova                       
Alenka Obid                                  
Jacqueline Keller                        
Sam Waghorn                              
Jackie Ryan                                   
Kumi Fisher                                   
Joan Williams                               
Stephanie Weiss                         
Elsbeth Fuchs                               
Johanna Nash                                        http://

Natascha Marty                          
Sarah Goode                                
Agata Grygiel                               
Jeannine Vetsch-Bokstaller        
Rebecca Sirevaag                       
Magdalena Sikora                      
Ana Krepel                                    
Saskia Letta                                   
Beth Emery                                   
Lizzie Clarke                                  

Evie and Beth McCord              
Marcia Dunne                              
Agi Kiss                                           
Esterina Jagiella                           
Judith Johnston                          
Jenny Vidberg                             
Klaudia Toth                                 
Merja Sundström                       
Colleen Vinthagen                     
Leah Curtis                                    

Giorgia Rossini                             
Sandra Wollberg                         ‎
Annica Larsson                            
Johana Nunez                              
Krafty Max                                    
Lori Schneider                              
Mary Govaars                              
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi  
Maddison Langford                   
Ginger Bishop                              

Birgitta Lejonklou                       
Lesley Watt                                   
Doris Stumpf                                
Marjolein Trewavas                  
Silvia Sernicola                             
Roxanne Blanc                             
Wendy Chamberlain                 
Siobhán Keogh                            
Claire Fabian                                 
Katrin Fenzke                               

Eva Wills                                         
Kathy Lindemer                          
Bridget Torres                              
Marina Passarella                       
Christina Hickman                      
Tammie Everly                             
Ana Cravidao                                
Keren Panthaki                           
Jennifer VaBenschoten           

Solange Collin                              
Marina Kosović                            
Michelle Tucker                          
Sue Rennie                                   
Claire Lockwood                         
Barb Solem                                   
Caroline Dewison                       
Noemi Baena Roman                
Marsela Schroth                         

Amy Severino                              
Vonna Maslanka                         
Andra Marasteanu                    
Cherrie Warzocha                      
Amanda Wacasey                      
Marcy Lamberson                      
Lisa Johnson                                 
Gail Vanderster-Zwang            
Laurie Keefe-Cecere                 
Asri Wahyuningsih                     

Laurie Ament                               
Lilik Kristiani                                  
Stephanie Haussler                   
Deb Fortin                                     
Kelly Hosford Patterson          
Katy Heider                                   
Christine Stonefield                  
Dagmar Liebisch                          
Sandra McGriff                            

Sheila Daniels                               
Rossana De Gaspari                   
Cory Tompkins                            
Sonya Stille                                   
Judy Riggs                                      
Lora Bright                                     
Tina Noonan                                 
Shawn Price                                  
April Grinaway                             
Cheryl Roe                                    

Pam Hurst                                     
Shirley Moore                              
Emmanuelle Roué                     
Tammy Adams                            
Kristin Oppold                              
Catie Doman                                
Sheila Prosterman                     
Cheryl Foiles                                 
Stephanie Perry                          
Barbara Fernald                          

Debi Dufrene                               
Kathy Stemke                              
Anne Betenson                           
Chris Haussler                              
Catherine King                             
Andria Poole                                
Sherri Stokey                               
Sharyl King                                    
Donna Millard                              
Gayle Dyck                                    

Gen Smith                                     
Deanna Cox                                  
Beti Horvath                                 
Rose Rushbrooke                       
Arlene Dean                                 
Maria Rosa Sharrow                  
Deborah Apodaca                      
Veralynne Malone                     
Stacy Alderson                            
Eva Sherman                                

Cassi Paslick                                  
Cindy Boissonneault                    
Linda Sadler                                  
Louise Glazier                              
Susan McClelland                       
Kathrin Lembke                          
Susanne Stelljes                          

Terry Jeanette Carter                  
Susan Kelly                                    

Kim Paige                                       
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell         
Annita Wilson                              
Tracey Leeder                              
Elizabeth Bunn                            
Allison Fitzpatrick                       
Tania Spivey                                 
Ilenia Ruzza                                   
Lauren Potts                                 
Lynn Jobber                                  

Lee Koopman                              
Carol Wilson                                 
Elizabeth Woodford                  
Deb McKinnis                               
Rochelle Brisson                         
Shari Replogle                              
Janeen Sorensen                       
Kat Barron Miller                        
Elaine Robitaille                                     http:/
Darlene Fortier                            

Leslie Schenkel                            
Kym Hunter                                  
Leslie Wayment                          
Beckie Robison                            
Hannah Trost                               
Kim Hutchinson                           
Liz Engriser                                    
Diah Anggreni                              
Monique Urquhart                    
Kim Williams                                 

Theresa Buchle                           
Susan Bowie                                 
Pam DeBoer                                 
Skylar Bre'z                                   
Janet Loomis                                
Tari Kahrs                                       
Nancy Smith                                 
Erin Grant                                      
Barbara Mason                            
Karin King                                      

Mary K. McGraw                        

Mandi Ainsworth                       
Jasvanti Patel                               
Donna Conklin                             
Karen Jones                                  
Lori Finney                                    
Sheila Davis                                   
Sabine Dittrich                             

Nicole Valentine Rimmer        
Marge Beebe                               
Michelle McCarthy                    
Chandra Merod                          
Nancy Olliver                                
Alison Sachs                                  
Kay Mallery                                   
Beth Petricoin                              
Marta Grabalowska                   
Clare Etheridge                           

Heather Marston                       
Ann Rishell                                              Http://
Cece Cormier                               
Shannon German                       
Mary Ellen Merrigan                 
Cheryl Brown                               
Mary Hicks                                    
Judy Robinson                             
Danielle Kelley                             
Cate van Alphen                         

Patricia Buchanan                       
Billi R.S. Rothove                         
Laura Blanck                                 
Pam Traub                                     
Fay Wolfenden                           
Kristi Harrison                              
Karen Martinez                           
Sarah Singer                                 
Megan Tillery                               
Dana James                                  

Rachel Stewart                            
Valerie Cook                                 
Debra Gibson                               
Pat Haight                                      
Rachel Stanley                             
Sandra Pendragon                     
Anja Schultz                                  
Sharon Driscoll                             
Lecia Woessner                           
Kitty Durmaj                                 

Donetta Farrington                    
Bonnie Coursolle                        
Laurie Wirth                                  
Lori Callahan                                 
B.R. Kuhlman                               
Karin Grosset Grange               
Rebekah Payne                           
Lori Bowring Michaud               

Jael Thorp                                      
Patty Woodland                          
Eleanor Burian-Mohr                
Susanna Lehto                             
June Butt                                       
Melissa Muir                                
Laney Mead                                 
Tamera Norris                              
Andrea Trank                               

Marie Covert                                
Valerie Tilghman                         
Jean Baldridge Yates                 
Sierra Barrett                               
Patricia Robitaille                        
Leanne Loftus                              
Sally Russick                                  
Mallory Hoffman                        
Dini Bruinsma                               
Marde Lowe                                 

Hannah Annear                           
Patty Johnson                              
Valerie Norton                            
Ann Sherwood                            
Staci Smith                                    
Jen Purple                                     
Ruth Szapa                                    
CJ Bauschka                                  
Karla Morgan                               
Suz Hamel                                     

Laura Guenther                          
Elisabeth Auld                              
Martha Aleo                                 
Shiraz Biggie                                 
Brendalee Astells                          
Heather d'Entremont                   
Kelly Morgan                                
Lori Blanchard                              

Susan Kennedy                           
Rain Hannah                                 
Janice Warden Bergeron         
Melissa Packer                            
Jana Haverty                                
Cindy Ritchie                                
Marianne Baxter                        
Denise McCabe                           
Sharon Palac                                 
Cathy Buckley                              

Jennifer Van Horn                      
Crystal Rector                              
Susan Walls                                   
Penny Neville                              
Lisa Cone                                       
Heather Davis                              
Michelle Escano                          
Carmen Lau                                  
Janet Borzecki                             
Rhonda Hagerman                     

Katrina Taylor                               
Molly Alexander                         
Nicole Rennell                             
Chris McGilvery                           
Erin Prais-Hintz                            
Dawn Williams                             
Kate Dufour                                  
Robin Lynne Showstack           
Elizabeth Hodges                        

Adlinah Kamsir                            
Carol Dillman                                
Christine Hansen                        
Andrea Frank                               
Tracy Stillman                               
Denise Petersen                         
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom       
Madonna Liza Cruz-Comia      
Suzann Sladcik Wilson              

Terri Gauthier                              
Alicia Marinache                         
Barbara Bechtel                          
Hannah Rosner                           
Keren von Hoeren                      
Lea Avroch                                    
Maire Dodd